Skip to comments.CA: Governor's appointee resigns amid "hate speech" accusation ("Hate" is the 'in' thing, I guess)
Posted on 08/16/2007 9:51:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
A low-level appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger resigned Thursday after the Democratic leader of the state Senate accused him of posting a picture on his blog that amounted to "hate speech."
Sam Wakim, a member of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, had posted a picture of a fake California driver's license designed to depict an illegal-immigrant in a sombrero. The posting was made in 2005 during one of many attempts by legislative Democrats to have Schwarzenegger sign a bill to provide driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, called the blog posting appalling in an e-mail statement to reporters. Sabrina Lockhart, chief deputy press secretary for the governor, on Thursday also characterized the picture as "unacceptable and inappropriate." The Sacramento Bee first brought the picture to the attention of the governor's office.
Schwarzenegger appointed Wakim, a self-employed dentist and GOP activist, in 2006.
On Thursday, Wakim made no mention of the blog flap in his resignation letter. He said he was leaving his post to dedicate more time to a 2008 bid for a state Assembly seat. His term on the water board would have expired in 2010.
"I'm pleased to hear Mr. Wakim has resigned," Perata said Thursday in a second statement. "State appointees represent all of California. There's no place for people who indulge in that level of hate speech."
The faux "Mexifornia" driver's license contained a picture of a Mexican worker from a comedy film and said it entitled illegal immigrants to drive, vote, attend college and purchase guns.
There was no answer at Wakim's home Thursday evening.
A Hateful act 8-?
I hate “hate”
California is already lost.
They violated the poster’s FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS!
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
The dems and those on the left who spew their own venom and then claim the high ground had best be careful on the slippery slope leading to the high road.
Giuliani wants to run the nation like Schwarzenkennedy runs California.
Besides... They don't need no steenkin' badges!
This is getting ridiulous.
We are on our way to “hate thoughts”.
I guess a sombrero is now hateful.
They did a similar stunt to Savage in San Fransisco. Liberals are crazy Communist Stalinists in California.
If it were me I’d say fire me or shut up.
God I hate this!
Waiting for the thought police to pick me up.
Lest they go straight to hell in a hand basket.
That be the one or one of them. Thanks.
They need to look before they leap into this type of thought control or they are going to end up crossing that bridge before they come to it.
People in glass houses and all that. :)
Seems that way, especially when political expression can be surpressed so lightly. However, my Silverado pick-up has a big, fat, rear window that can serve to counter 'correctness'.
First on my list will be the sticker of Hillary that says: "Even Bill doesn't want me", with a perky, 'no-clue-what-so-ever' expression by Hillary Stalin Clinton.
At approximately 1300 miles a month in the greater Sacramento area, I look forward to the reactions.
Thank you...that’s the one. It’s been around for awhile. It’s not P.C. but the truth never is....
“The faux “Mexifornia” driver’s license contained a picture of a Mexican worker from a comedy film and said it entitled illegal immigrants to drive, vote, attend college and purchase guns.”....Back the wagon up Pilgrims! , Treasure of the Sierra Madre was not a comedy film! What idiot put that in print?
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